Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy
JSGS-863: Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy
Description: Many areas of Canadian public policy are of interest to Aboriginal peoples in Canada, for example governance, land, resources, social policy, environment, international relations, economic development, culture, language, and others. This course attempts to build a basis for understanding key debates in such public policy fields by focusing first on historic legacy of contact between Aboriginal peoples and settler populations. Then we turn to some more contemporary developments, including constitutional negotiations, influential court cases, urbanization, comprehensive claims and self-government. The subject matter for this course is extensive. The course outline is designed to provide an overview to selected topics so that you can do further research and thinking on these themes.
The purpose of the class is to examine the major issues on Aboriginal public policy and to consider the best means of bridging the gaps, political and otherwise, between Aboriginal Canadians and Canadians and large. The class consists of a series of regular meetings, based on the discussion of assigned readings, and daily assignments designed to make students consider public policy options and political choices in this vital field. The discussions will focus on the manuscript of a forthcoming book, Treaty Peoples, written by Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates. This book is designed as an overview of theoretical and conceptual approaches to Aboriginal affairs in Canada and as a discussion starter on practical means of addressing Indigenous and Canadian needs and expectations.
Faculty: Ken Coates
Source: Syllabus downloaded from http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/_documents/_course_syllabi/JSGS_courses/JSGS863_SpringSummer2012_S.pdf on 13 January 2014. , on an intensive basis, through the month of May.